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fear replacing hope on the streets of egypt. citizens arming themselves, not against the government, but against escaped prisoners and looters. that's just one of the developments in this historic uprising. protesters returning to the streets for a sixth day of demonstrations against the government. the message is loud and clear, but is anyone listening? >> that message getting across to people in the u.s.
sympathiesers taking to the streets across the country and president obama gathers his security team. it is early and we're on it. from cnn center, this is cnn, january 30th. good morning, i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm jonathan mann. we would like to welcome our viewers worldwide to our coverage of egypt in crisis. >> let's get you caught up now on this fast-developing story. and this information just in to cnn. the u.s. state department is getting ready to fly american citizens out of egypt. flights will start tomorrow. more in a moment. what started as mostly peaceful protests have turned deadly in many cities across egypt. 31 people are daddy in alexandria. in cairo, several people killed in clashes between protesters and police at the central ministry building. we are also hearing reports of more than a dozen others being shot by officers at police stations outside of cairo.
the police have become a symbol of the government's power and the target of protesters' anger. the police have seemingly abandoned the streets. we are hearing reports of two deadly prison breaks around cai cairo. thousands of inmates on the street. that has people on the edge and asking for help. because of protests and the threat of violence, egypt's stock exchange remains closed. banks around the capital city are shut down as a precaution. president mub ar accidearak is his cabinet. and al jazeera has been shut down in egypt and their license withdrawn. >> the message that egyptians are sending is unmistakable. hosni mubarak must go. >> reporter: the chant continues
today. they are saying we want him out, we want him gone, he has to go. that's the message that comes out on the electronic monitor. everyone here, carrying their cell phones. they are propagating their message around the country. the voices in alexandria are just getting louder and louder. >> earlier, nick reported that a demonstration would begin this hour in alexandria. like many, this one is happening on the main road on the nile river. we've seen that over and over again. >> nik joins us by phone. have crowds gathered already? >> we've seen some small crowds gathering and small demonstrations this morning. nothing on the scale we've seen the past few days. several hundred people at most. the thing that's changing, is the mood, the atmosphere on the streets. when you get further away from
the city center as we just did. when you move away from the area, there is some presence of the army on the streets outside government buildings, he very quickly run into checkpoints set up by young men, some of them carrying metal bars, wooden sticks, machetes. they are stopping traffic. it's not quite clear what they are looking for or who they are looking for perhaps, but it is a case here of the crowd and the young men taking control, taking law and order into their own hands. it is somewhat chaotic situation, a lot of the shops in the center of the city remain shut. the gold district is completely shuttered. the vegetable market is working, but it's a very tense situation as people wait to see what will happen here exactly. >> does the military, nic, appear to be losing patience with the protesters? the protesters have been supporting the military and even
celebrating them there. but what does it appear to you now? >> reporter: well, we've seen a number of police stations this morning, including just small buildings that were -- with the local headquarters, that have been looted and burned, and that was because people were very angry with the police and saw them corrupt and part of the regime. that doesn't exist with the army. but people are beginning to ask why isn't the army doing more to provide security. why are they only sitting outside the government buildings. why aren't they patrolling neighborhoods and making us feel safer? why are they allowing some of the young men to run checkpoints, just yards away from where the army is sitting in tanks and armored personnel carrier there is no direct confrontation with the army and the people. but the army doesn't like being filmed and put on television.
we found that out ourselves this morning. but they are not trying to stop whatever people want to do themselves. they are just sitting in front of government buildings. >> nic, it's john mann. are you telling us about police stations that have been torched. we have seen fires around alexandria. are the fires still burning? >> reporter: at this time, no. it is a very uneasy situation, where we are in the center of the city and where we've been driving around, we haven't seen any fires. we're seeing people trying to clear up some of the debris from the fighting on friday. there are still rocks flying on the side of the streets and piles of rubble in the middle of the road. and indeed many of the police, large trucks they use to transport the police on friday, those have burned on the street corners and littering the center of the city. and the violence was directed at
the police principally. some government institutions, the rest of the city untouched. today, we're not seeing any fires, but, again, it's difficult to underestimate how much they anger their company to surface. it really is a city that builds on the edge of the moment. >> nic robertson from alexandria, egypt. thank you. >> nic was talking about anger. some are taking advantage of the chaos. a group of thugs stormed a museum, ripping the heads off mummies and tossing relics onto the ground. that particular museum is home to the relics of king tut. officials say nothing that turns out to have been missing, but the message is clear, nothing is offlimited. add to the equation, a large group of escaped inmates. cnn's wolf blitzer talked to the
ambassador to the u.s. to get his sense of the situation. >> how does that happen? 1,000 prisoners escape from a prison outside of cairo and are running amok. >> certainly disturbing news. it's a demonstration of the degree of chaos and lack of security that has emanated from these events. >> what happened to the police? >> it's unclear to what extent police forces are undertaking responsibility. >> the lack of police are glaring. bands of looters are treating cairo like their own private playground, forcing people to arm themselves to protect their neighborhoods. here is what we saw last night. >> guys on the motorcycles, those are the ones usually doing looting. we have seen some pass by here, carrying real samurai swords on their motorcycle. every time the motorcycles pass by, the men come out and
threaten them, tell them not to stop here. >> it's a rough night in the egyptian capital. >> it's another chance for egyptians to have their voices heard. what's going on in cairo right now where you are? [ inaudible ] >> all right. we're not hearing ivan. i'm sure you're not hearing him at home either. we'll get that fixed and get that live report to you from cairo this morning. >> not just the people of egypt watching this unfold. a lot of americans, foreigners, from around the world, who find themselves trapped there. delta air lines has indefinitely success suspended flights. american airlines and british airlines are allowing customers to change some flights at no charge, but even so, a lot of
people are stuck at the cairo airport. one american tourist describes the situation there as chaotic. >> we have had flights canceled. one of our guides' fathers was shot. we are stranded at the airport. we can't leave the airport, because they are pulling people out of cars, and they are afraid we wouldn't be safe if we left the airport. we passed so far two flights canceled. and we're surge just waiting to see if we can get out of cairo to any other place in the world. but it's very chaotic here. i don't think anybody really feels 100% safe. i think we're much safer than the people that are in cairo right now. >> when are you making your way to the airport through cairo, you heard shots being fired. people dragged from their cars, how violent has it been? >> on the news here, it looks
like it's been a lot of violence. unfortunately, most of the news we get here is not in english, so we don't understand a lot of it, and for a while, the television, the people were coming in and actually turning even the -- turning the televisions off in the airport so that people couldn't see what was going on at the airport. not being able to have cellular service or any internet service for anyone was very frightening. people couldn't get to hospitals, people couldn't get any information whatsoever, so it was pretty frustrating. >> and just to remind you of what we are reporting, the u.s. state department will begin offering u.s. citizens flights to europe beginning on monday. >> as we told you before, we are trying to get to ivan watson in cairo this morning. we have audio all cleared up. we want to get back to ivan.
ivan, can you tell us what the scene is there? yesterday it was quite explosive. >> reporter: yesterday was more of a scene of jubilation i would say, where you have tens of thousands of people free to demonstrate downtown in the street, right behind me. and tamp down the regime of hosni mubarak. today, shops are closed in cairo, businesses are closed. and the egyptian army employed on the banks of the nile behind me here are much more strict about pedestrians, people gathering, particularly close to the headquarters of egyptian state tv. an important development, randi, we're hearing the apparent shutdown of the arabic news network al jazeera. al jazeera is making a statement, condemning this decision, which canceled its license and withdrew
accreditation from its reporters and we can no longer access al jazeera arabic television on the nile satellite distribution network. that's important for the following reason. al jazeera is a big proponent of the street protest we've seen here in egypt, but also in tunisia, which helped bring down a dictator that's been in power more than 25 years and may have been applauded by the demonstrators heren the streets in cairo. this has been a very powerful voice, an important source of information, certainly when the internet has been shut down for several days and disruptions in cell phone service, another sign that the egyptian government is trying to crack down on forces that it sees helping mobilize the most serious challenge to this regime in 30 years. randi. >> ivan, what can you tell us
about united states' efforts to evacuate some u.s. citizens, possibly to europe to safer ground from egypt? >> reporter: well, our own ben wedeman has talked with the press at atache from the u.s. embassy. the embassy is closed. but starting monday the u.s. will start to help organize evacuation flights to take american citizens to "safe havens in europe." that process will begin on monday this is a major tourist destination. we've seen crowds of hundreds of people before dawn on saturday morning, stranded, sleeping on the floor of cairo international airport in a bit of an information vacuum. at that point, cell phones were still shut down and internet still blocked in this country. people having a very difficult
time trying to organize everything from hotel bookings to flight bookings to get in or out of the country, given the fact that you can't really communicate over the internet. it shows you how depend we are on this means of communication. the tourist operators, businesses themselves, unable to make flight and hotel reservation bookings and we're hearing not only that the u.s. embassy is going to start organizing some flights out on monday for u.s. citizens here, but also turkey announcing that it's going to begin several flights to allow the evacuation of turkish citizens starting on sunday, according to turkey's semi-official news agency. >> lack of communication adding to the problems there. ivan watson in cairo, thank you. and the protests in egypt have spilled beyond the borders. >> and the streets of new york look a little like what we're seeing in cairo. >> quick facts of egypt. more than 80 million people living in egypt.
largest population of an arab nation. 90% are muslims. 9% are coptic christians. it median age, average egyptian 24 years old. median age in the u.s. is 36.8 years. egypt was declared a republic in 1953. it had been a monarchy and british protector it's a before that. 1971, new constitution declared with muslim as the official religion. unemployment in egypt stands at 9.7%. one of the lower unemployment rates in the region. saudi aribba has 9.7% unemployment. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] at&t introduces a new windows phone
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>>. >> it's like the light at the end of the tunnel. it's something we wanted, hoping for. it can't come soon enough. >> welcome back to our continuing coverage of the turmoil in egypt. day six of the crisis unfolds. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm jonathan mann. let's begin on the west coast of the u.s.. >> down, down with mubarak! >> down, down, with mubarak! >> we heard similar calls in u.s. cities large and small. take toledo, ohio. >> hey hey, ho ho hosni mubarak has to go. >> the anti-mubarak demonstration may had been in front of u.n. headquarters on saturday. >> a huge turnout outside u.n.
on saturday in new york. more than 800 people turned out. egyptians united, we'll never be defeated. mubarak was president since i was born in 1981. he wants his son to see another president. these kinds of things and how did the word get out about these rallies? they sent the word throw social networks, facebook, e-mail, twitter, phone calls and wound out up with this kind of a turnout. not only the new york metropolitan area, but we ran into people from as far away as boston. they heard about changes that mubarak is making. including instituting new people to the cabinet. that's good enough. we don't want any vestiges of the new government. we want to start new with a provisional government. he must leave. will they get what they are
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get out of egypt! we don't need you! we don't -- we don't want you here in egypt! get out! >> anger on the streets. much of the anger is directed at president hosni mubarak, the long-time leader. he has been president nearly 30 years. he took over after the assassination of anwr sadat. he was killed shortly after making peaceful inroads with israel. mubarak had two assassination attempts, both in the 1990s. a very different kind of figure. mohammed el baradei, hoping play a part in a new government. he is a nobel peace prize winner, but not that well known on the streets of cairo.
he told reuters that mubarak has to resign for the protests to stop. >> i had take part in whatever it takes to make sure that the mubarak regime should leave. that's the consensus here in egypt in every part of society this is a regime that has failed to deliver on economic, social, or political front, and that we need a new beginning in egypt, an egypt that's free and democratic. >> el baradei added he's disappointed in washington's response to the unrest. >> sometimes it takes the personal accounts of danger and sacrific sacrifice. >> when we come back, one of our own talks about trying to protect his own neighborhood from the violence and looting. from journalist to victim. next. [ male announcer ] 95% of all americans aren't getting enough whole grain.
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a story of such enormous magnitude sometimes boils down to something very personal. cnn's ben wedeman talks about the protests, not so much as reporter, but husband and father. is he worried about security in the absence of police protection. >> we basically have to figure out how to protect our neighborhood, and like so many other places, neighbors got
together and said we have to do what we can, because nobody else is doing it. what happened was that when the army came in to cairo, and the police started pulling out. and as the police started pulling out, police attacked the police stations, egyptian police are widely hated for corruption, brutality, torture. once people left the police station, people went in and stole the weapons inside. and now there are weapons in the hands of all kinds of people. my wife called. she saw a group of men with scarves around their faces and were walking around with ak-47s. so it's this sort of specter of chaos that had me most of the day not working as a journalist. just trying to make phone calls and figure out how i can ensure the safety of my family. so i -- i wasn't on air quite a while, just trying to figure out
what to do. >> difficulties of covering such a tremendous story. >> he's not just covering. he is living it. can you imagine your neighborhood. suddenly men popping up with ak-47s? ben wedeman, long-time cairo correspondent. president obama's response. the white house is working overtime. >> how will they deal with the surprise uprising? back in two minutes. >> people of egypt have rights that are universal. that includes the right to peaceful assembly and association. the right to free speech. and the ability to determine their own destiny. these are human rights, and the united states will stand up for them everywhere. we'll continue. the lexus rx. why settle for a copy when you can own the original? see your lexus dealer.
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welcome back. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm jonathan mann. half past the hour. our coverage of egypt in crisis continues. new video to show up what cairo looks like right now. what you are going to see is calm. but that tells the story in itself. this is the start of the work day in egypt. this was supposed to be the day that schools reopened, that banks reopened, the stock market got going again. the stock market tumbled 16% in the last two days. it's shut today. everything else is shut just
about. bank machines are out of money or been broken into by looters, gas stations are shut. let's quickly recap what else we know. protesters returning to the streets in some places in some places for the sixth straight day of anti-government demonstrations. protests getting more dangerous with dozens killed the past two days. mostly the bloodshed has come at the hands of the police. those same police have largely abandoned the streets. they are being replaced in some places by tanks and soldiers. adding to the chaos, more than 1,000 escaped prison inmates. people around cairo are asking the army to protect them criminals inside the city. people have taken -- they have taken up arms themselves, sticks, even samurai swords, trying to protect their neighborhoods from looters. protesters are demanding many changes in the government, hosni
mubarak has remained very much in place. he's shuffling the political deck just a little. our own wolf blitzer talked to the u.s. ambassador about the changes. >> what does that mean? now that he's finally decided at age 82, for egypt to have a vice president? >> the protester have indicated they are concerned related to the future, and this comes as one of the many steps i'm sure that will be taken to reassure the public as far as the ability of egypt's institutions to continue to operate and continue to provide the government -- the government and its personnel who need it the leadership and the capability to fulfill the aspirations of the people. we are in the process of forming a new government in any case and we expect that hopefully within the coming day or two, the new government will be in place. >> and there is this news to add to foreigners visiting egypt.
the governments of turkey and saudi arabia, making arrangements to get people home. the u.s. state department offering to fly american citizens out of egypt as well. american flights should start leaving tomorrow. let's take you live to cairo and the situation there this hour. ivan watson joins us live from the egyptian capital. we heard from ben wedeman a few minutes ago about what citizens are facing. men with ak-47s walking around. the danger from looters. what are you seeing in terms of the citizen there in egypt trying to protect themselves from what's happening? >> reporter: well, one example, randi, on my way to my hotel last night around 4:30 in the morning, a man with a stick, when he saw me approaching, ran out for a second. he is one of these kind of self-appointed neighborhood watch groups that sprang up all across this city as people went out and actually were urged by
their government and security forces to protect their own property. and other egyptians i talked to said that the young men in their neighborhoods were doing similar actions as well. determined not to allow looters into the neighborhoods to rob their homes and businesses. despite that, we've gotten reports from residents. one upscale neighborhood called mahandeen, saying shops looted overnight. cars were torched at a car dealership there. another disturbing development. nile tv reporting not only was one prison -- one prison experienced a jail break, possibly up to 1,000 inmates last night. about two hours' drive outside of care yoiro, but another pris the al muzarka prison. i may be mispronouncing, there
was another jail break there. they house notorious prisoners. we are seeing evidence of the police force that was beaten back by demonstrators, running street battles in the streets on friday. we don't see signs of them resuming positions as law enforcement authorities here on the streets. that role seems to be maintained by the egyptian army, which has taken a more strict position than we saw yesterday. certainly on this street here on the banks of the nile river. randi. >> and, ivan, the protesters seem to be trying to force mubarak out with sheer determination. do you have any sense of what the scene is at the presidential palace? >> reporter: i'm afraid i'm a bit removed from that location, but one interesting question that the demonstrators often do not answer, randi, they say down, down with mubarak, we hate this guy, he oppressed us, but
then you ask if he goes, what next? and that is a question that very few of these ardent demonstrators and protesters who are very enthusiastic and excited about the freedom they are experiencing for the first time, it's a question few can answer. there are a few names thrown around. a former foreign minister, head of the arab league's name is mentioned. but no one has a solid answer of what is next. the goal of the demonstrators seems to be just to bring down the regime and then begins the very difficult question of what could replace it. >> the search for a leader apparently. all right. ivan watson for us in cairo. thank you, ivan. meanwhile, back in the united states, a locality of peop -- a lot of people are inspired by what they see in egypt. there are protests springing up
across the country. the message pretty much the same. >> down, down, with mubarak! >> down, down with mubarak! >> down, down with mubarak! >> that sentiment isn't limited to san francisco. we heard similar calls in u.s. cities large and small, such as toledo, ohio. >> hey hey, ho ho hosni mubarak has to go! >> a similar demonstration yesterday in atlanta, outside cnn's world headquarters. >> war mst go! war must go! >> they all sound pretty much the same. not all activists of egyptian desce descent. the mubarak regime receives more than abillion in aid from the u.s. and president obama and the security team hunkering down to examine events and what may be
next for the important u.s. ally. more from senior white house correspondent ed henry. >> saturday was another intense day here at the white house as senior officials continue to work around the clock to monitor the situation there on the ground in egypt. it started early in the morning with the president's national security adviser, tom donlan, convened a principals meeting, including cabinet secretaries, other senior people, like the cia director, leon panetta, hillary clinton joining by teleconference as well. later in the day, president obama convened a meeting of his own here with top officials, including chief of staff to figure out what to do next and get briefings on what is happening on the ground. we're told by senior officials, the president is firm in reity rating what he told in the telephone call. he reiterated our focus on
opposing violence and calling for restraint, supporting universal rights, and supporting concrete steps that advance political reform within egypt. we'll hear that same message again sunday morning as you know, because of the fact that secretary of state hillary clinton is going out today on all five sunday morning talk shows, an extraordinary step to really hit that message. you know, as well that u.s. officials have threatened that very important u.s. aid to egypt, including 1$1.3 billion year in military aid could be cut off if hosni mubarak's government doesn't show more restraint. this white house realizes it cannot push mubarak too hard, because if the government falls, this white house isn't sure who would fill the power vacuum, and with other key u.s. allies like israel, the stakes for this administration are enormous, randi. >> thank you, ed.
as ed said, hillary clint doing the rounds. they will be sitting down with candy crowley on "state of the union" at 9:00 a.m. eastern. >> amazing thing this regime seemed rock solid. it caught much of the world by surprise, this uprising. maybe not those who have been reporting closely on the mubarak regime. >> we'll speak with a columnist with a rare insight on the situation. [ thunder rumbling ] [ thunder crashing ] and then, in one blinding blink of an eye, their tree had given its last. but with their raymond james financial advisor, they had prepared for even the unthinkable. ♪ and they danced. see what a raymond james advisor can do for you. a man can only try...
the images really give you a sense of what's happening in egypt. drama as its unfolding. >> people say this is a berlin wall movement. it's hard not to be moved. but it's more confusing if you're not watching and trying to make big decisions. >> the u.s. government has found itself in an awkward position in egypt. they have been supporting the mubarak regime the past 30 years, but is now offering moral support to the protesters. >> we are joined by mona from new york. you want this to happen. you want this change to come. what do you think president obama's move is right now? >> i think president obama is caught in a bind. the u.s. administration this is one of the many administrations
that unfortunately chose stability at the cost of freedom of my people in egypt. they are saying we deserve freedom and dignity. egyptians are saying we will save our country ourselves and get rid of mubarak, but they want the moral support of the international community, and i urge to ample phi those voices of ejust a minutes and urge president obama to give complete moral support. we're not asking to be rescued. we just want administrations around the world to say clearly we are with the future and with the people of egypt who want freedom. that's all we want. >> and what about president mubarak, mona? how long do you think he can hang on? do you think he is going to be finished after this? >> hosni mubarak is already finished. what you are seeing in egypt now is a regime that is crumbling. mubarak is in total denial. he thinks he can stay in a country where he is hated and
detested by a majority of the population. it took four days of protests for him to call the army into the streets, which says to me that he has crumbled already. what is happening in egypt, the internet is shut down, army is in the streets. police have been pulled out. as we're hearing from correspondents in most neighborhoods and that's saying to me, it's a regime panicking and wants the entire country to panic with it, and it says please stay and protect us. ejich egyptians protecting themselves telling the mubarak regime, go, we don't want you. this is our moral imperative to support egyptians that want freedom and dignity. >> let me ask you about the muslim brotherhood as well. some members of the muslim brotherhood have been marching with protesters, but keeping a lo profile. how concerned should the united states and other countries be
about the muslim brotherhood and a growing role? >> i have to tell you, as an egyptian, living through the most exciting time of my life, i'm really dismayed by the media obsession with the muslim brotherhood and the idea of chaos and looting this is a revolution happening. every egyptian i know is taking part in this revolution. they include muslim brotherhood members i know. but they also include liberals and seculars and christians and atheists. this is not about the brotherhood, islamics, al qaeda. this is about egyptians of every walk of life saying to a tyrant of 30 years, we hate you, we want you gone. muslim brotherhood is not taking part as a movement. muslim brotherhood is taking part as egyptians. every egyptian has suffered under 30 years of dictatorship by mubarak. i urge you to focus on the revolt of tyranny of 30 years. let's put the focus on the
courage of those who stood up to security thugs, and we are with you until you achieve freedom and dignity. >> very passionate and clear about events in her country. mona, thank you. we'll talk to you some more. some of the most powerful images have come from ireporters. capturing chaos and sharing an uprising with the world. we'll be right back. , panda moon... how about chinese at home with wanchai ferry? you can make it in just 14 minutes. mmmh, orange chicken. great. i didn't feel like going out anyway. [ male announcer ] wanchai ferry. restaurant quality chinese in your grocer's freezer. that's why there's lubriderm® daily moisture. it contains the same nutrients naturally found in healthy skin. skin absorbs it better and it lasts for 24 hours. later gator. lubriderm. your moisture matched. later gator. at purinso we set out toour dog to be discover the sciencele. in some of nature's best ingredients.
uprising with nothing but a camera. >> cnn ireporters have been invaluable. you know who you are, and we are grateful. this is a revolution in real time seen through the camera lenses of every day people like some of you watching right now. have a look. >> we actually arrived here on wednesday night, after everything had been going on. we actually got stopped at the airport. police held our bus at the airport. because there were protesters along the streets where we were coming in to our hotel. >> during the morning, there was a lot of police that had built up on the bridge and the surrounding square. and there was no protesters until after prayer. at some point before 2:00, one could hear chants from a distance, allah akbar, god is great. it starts to get louder and louder, and suddenly behind a really tall building, i see a
huge crowd of demonstrators, and you don't see the end of the line. so many demonstrators, thousands of them. about 300 or 400 riot police guarding the entrance to the bridge crossing the nile. they were shouting things at the police, and the police were shouting back. and then it started with teargas and the police hitting the protesters. >> they were throwing like flames, molotov cocktails. there were explosions, teargas canisters. fires were everywhere. what you are seeing is the first part. it started earlier in the afternoon, and the second wave came about 4:30 or 5:00, and there were tens of thousands of people just coming over that bridge. >> the teargas went into the crowds, so they -- they shot a lot of teargas actually, so the crowds went back, like up to 100
meters back and they still started shooting a lot of teargas, even when there were protesters near the police. and the amount of teargas went in the air and flew up to the hotel. >> the later protests, seeing all of the people come across the bridge, wondering where they were going to go the next street available goes right in front of our hotel and wondering if they were going to be able to come in or not, or where they were going to be dispersed. >> yeah, i saw a few people helping this person who looked unconscious or injured of some sort. and, yeah, taking him away. >> the most frightening part is when we saw fires erupting in certain places, we wondered if we should pack a bag and be ready to evacuate. >> i feel for the people on the streets and the egyptians. they are the ones having the
hard time. >> and we want to thank all of our cnn ireporters for sending us all of the videos and images, keep them coming. a reminder, the situation on the ground is fluid. we are getting reports of a siting of president hosni mubarak. much more after the break. no matter what we're buying. i'll take it. and since double miles add up fast, we can bring the whole gang. fire! [ garth ] it's hard to beat double miles! have you seen garth? oh! [ male announcer ] get the venture card from capital one. money magazine's best rewards card if you aim to rack up airline miles. what's in your wallet? bebebebebebaaa! wow, you look great! thanks! it's this new wish yourself thin program. i just wish it and it happens. it's probably those fiber one bars you're eating. i know they help me stick to my diet. the bars are 90 calories
welcome back. a lot happening this morning. this just in to cnn. according to state tv and nile tv, hosni mubarak has been sited, visiting the center of armed security. you are looking at the last time we actually saw mubarak, which was on friday, when he gave a speech after the protesters began filling the streets of ejust a minu egypt. an apparent siting, cnn still working to confirm this. of egypt's president hosni mubarak today. >> what reuter's news agency is reporting, is state television showed mubarak meeting with senior military officers.
his new vice president is a general. he met with the defense minister, who was fired, but still meeting with the president, and the military chief of staff as well. and mubarak, a man who has stayed in power through thick and thin through six assassination attempts and all kinds of turmoil before, meeting with military advisers. a man still holding on. and now let's reset other developments from egypt this morning. fear replacing hope on the streets of egypt. citizens arming themselves, not against the government, but against escaped prisoners and looters. a lot to tell you about this morning. tourists in the center of the storm. the u.s. moving to get americans out of egypt. other countries doing the same. it is early and we are on it. from the cnn center, this is cnn. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm jonathan mann. we'd like to welcome our viewers worldwide to our coverage of
egypt in crisis. let's get you caught up. the u.s. state department is getting ready to fly american citizens out of egypt. those flights could start tomorrow. turkey and saudi arabia, also making flights available for their citizens. what started as mostly peaceful protests have turned deadly in many cities across egypt. at least 31 people are dead in alexandria. in cairo, several people killed in clashes between protesters and police in the interior ministry building. the army is actually guarding that building. we are also hearing reports of more than a dozen others being shot by officers at police stations outside of careo. the police have become a symbol of the government's power and target of protesters' anger. the police have seemingly abandoned the streets, and because the protests and the threat of violence, egypt's stock exchange remained closed toyed. banks are also shut down as a precaution. we are hearing reports of at least two deadly prison breaks around cairo. more than 1,000 inmates are out
on the streets. that has people on edge and asking the army to protect them. cnn's wolf blitzer talked with the ambassador to the u.s. to get his take on the security situation. how does ha happen? 1,000 prisoners escape from a prison outside of cairo and are now running amok? >> certainly disturbing news. a demonstration of the degree of chaos and lack of security that has emanated from these events. >> what happened to the police? >> it is unclear to what extent the police forces are still undertaking their responsibilities. >> the army is to some extent filling the void left by the police. tanks and soldiers deployed to key areas around the capital. our ivan watson in cairo joining thus morning. ivan, where have you been? how much of the army have you seen? >> let's take a look at the scene on the banks of the nile river.
you can see this ring has been established by the tanks. yesterday at this time, there were thousands of excited demonstrators here chanting down with mubarak and allowed to come right up to the tanks. today we see the army is being much more strict with the people and limiting them in their movements here in the streets. most are chanting here, perhaps the first pro-mubarak person i've seen, chanting long live mubarak. i'm hearing cheering from down the street, perhaps hidden by the trees here. not sure what's happening right now. gathering some attention of the bystanders here. the first sign of a gang here in front of the headquarters of state television. john, i'd like to mention to you a conversation i just had with an egyptian/american, who said he was out in the streets overnight last night, john, with a kitchen knife in a local
militia that had been formed by the men of his street to protect themselves from the looters and the robbers and the criminals that he says are threatening neighborhoods. he says that he has never seen this behavior in his country in all his life of people not trained as far as being military, not trained to be out, setting up barricades with appliances, protecting their homes and businesses, from people trying to take advantage of the disorder right now. and he says in their own group, they were able to capture two men who were trying to break into a store in their neighborhood. and basically making it up as they went along. for instance, making signs for themselves, with arm bands so they can identify each other on every street corner, setting up signals so that they could call for reinforcements and help and that this is one way people have been trying to protect their neighborhoods from the disorder
that's breaking out and he says he feels like he's being punished right now. the lack of security out in the streets. the fact that there are prison breaks going on. being punished by government right now is one accusation, for the protests that have shaken a 30-year-old regime. john. >> cnn's ivan watson this is not just about politics, it's about personal security and it sounds terrifying. thank you very much. randi. mohammed al barra dadei hopo take part in the formation of the new government. he told reuters president mubarak must resign for demonstrations to stop. >> i will continue to participate in whatever it takes to make sure that -- that the mubarak regime should leave. that's the consensus here in egypt in every part of society, that this is a regime that is
dictatorial, that has failed to deliver on social, economic, political front. we need a new beginning, an egypt that is free and democratic. >> el baradei added he is disappointed in washington's responsibility to the civil unrest. social media has been a big part of the uprising in egypt. a lot of people trying to tweet about it. social media a little bit up and running out of egypt. they are using facebook to share information on uprisings. >> and we try to cover the situation from every vantage point. let's check out how the social media is covering the story. what do you see? >> even though the internet is still effectively shut down in egypt. we are seeing more activity out of careo. let's take to you the twitter
trends map. key words out of twitter. out of cairo, mubarak ministry, looters, tahir, corpses. and one of the most well-known bloggers out of egypt, tweeting today. this is one of his latest. before i go offline, be ware of scare tactics. that's a sentiment out of egypt a lot. there are also pictures via twitter. some from yesterday he says. if we can show pictures. here is a burned out van with people on top. in cairo. a man with a sign denouncing the government, also on top of a burnt out car. and a protester sitting on top of a tank. also if we can go to another twitter user. this is someone who tweets a lot about egypt. we don't known they are in cairo. this in arabic says after a little while, there will be a
protest on the corner of alexandria, and they won't be going back to their houses today until the government, the ruling party is gone. and that's final. >> mohammed, let me ask you a question by what you are seeing this has been going on six days now, and protests going on. different developments, people afraid by the security situation. one thing i haven't seen is a single face or name popping up for who egyptians would like to see actually run their country. is there a candidate? is there a personality? anybody that people are talking about to take hosni mubarak's place if, indeed, he's toppled? >> the simple answer is, no, there is not. there is a lot of disarray. what's really unifying protesters and what you are seeing on social media people just want this government gone. so many tweets from people saying what we want most of all, we want this government gone. we want mubarak out. and the fact that there is no real person that is -- that
people are rallying behind, that is what is concerning regional allies and allies like the u.s. the most, if mubarak goes, who will replace him? people like mubarak, but no one unifying person. and that's concerning people the most. jonathan. >> i'm also curious, what about -- there are so many tweets in english, so many in arabic. does anything strike you? a difference between the tone. finding support for the protesters in egypt? >> absolutely, randi. so much support from across the arab world. even in places like saudi arabia, i was seeing tweets from people in saudi arabia they were supporting the people in egypt. going further than that, what you heard from the king of saudi arabia yesterday doesn't represent the sentiment. people in saudi arabia are saying what the king said yesterday, the king of saudi
arabia said he was behind hosni mubarak and blamed infiltrators for what's going on. that's not what the street in saudi arabia is sighing. we are seeing similar sentiments from other places in the region. it's fascinating to see. >> this could have an affect on the region's financial picture. up next, we'll head to london to see if turmoil on the streets could mean market chaos. [ male announcer ] 95% of all americans aren't getting enough whole grain.
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are asking for gas in cairo today, chances are the gas stations are running out. looking for cash, bank machines are broken into, banks are closed. first day of the workweek in egypt. but not a lot of people working. too much chaos. jim bolden live in london with the financial angle of all of this. good morning, jim. >> good morning, jonathan. this is the first day of the workweek and would you normally expect egyptian stock markets to be opened. it was closed for the day, we can't get a reaction from the market. egyptian stocks down 16% last week. let's look at some of the others in the region. a huge effect in stock markets. dubai down more than 4%. imam down 2.3%. kuwait down 1.7%. saudi down strongly on saturday. it has rebounded today. and it's still trading in this hour. most other stock markets have already closed for the normal work day on sunday. what's interesting about saudi arabia, because we saw oil price
strike in new york on friday, up nearly $4, getting close to the $90 per barrel, there is some thought that saudi stocks could do a bit better with the higher oil price. that's a counter balance there. worries yesterday, of course and maybe unfounded, we could see disruption in the suez canal that could affect the amount of oil that goes through there. egypt is not a player in the oil markets. but the suez canal is. and friday we saw big falls on the dow and nasdaq. nasdaq down 2%. not just affecting the middle east. we'll see how the rest of asia opens up and very interesting to see what oi opens up in asia and tomorrow in the uk and new york. guys. >> is egypt a big financial center for the region, or are investors nervous about the instablgt? >> two things going on. you see general instability
worries. people put money in the emerging marks, and they can quickly take it out. but al arabia, a low-coast airline, down 10%. bp, which has operations in the gulf, down nearly 10%. if you have egypt businesses, you see a strong fall. but in the region generally, stock markets doing generally well. some people might be thinking it's time to move money out of the area because of the instability. we'll see if we have a bounce next week, especially on wall street. the money has to go somewhere. >> jim bolden, watching the markets from london. thank you very much. one question for now. what's at stake for the united states? we'll head to washington next. and what does it is uprising mean for israel? don't go away. ♪ ...and brains. now get a samsung focus™ for only $99.99.
we are seeing signs of solidarity with the anti government protesters in egypt. >> you can understand, there are rallies popping up all across the united states. they are smaller than those in egypt, but the message seems to be the same. >> down, down with mubarak! >> down, down with mubarak! >> down, down with mubarak! >> down, down, with mubarak! >> that is not limited to san francisco. we heard calls from cities large and small.
toledo, ohio, for example. >> hey hey, ho ho, hosni mubarak has to go! . >> a similar demonstration outside our own headquarters. >> war must go! >> if you -- if you look closely, or talk to some of these people, not all of egyptian descent, and some are taking issue not just with egyptian government, but current u.s. support for the mubarak regime, which receives more than $1 billion annually from the united states. >> does this put pressure on the u.s. to drop support for the mubarak regime? so far, the obama administration is hedging its bets. we're hearing a lot this morning that the u.s. embassy in cairo, now stepping in to help u.s. citizens and help them get flights out of the country. possibly even arranging those for monday. what else can you tell us about that? >> reporter: over the last few
days, a lot of discussions at the state department. concern with the chaos in the country, with the egyptian government, the security services and military really don't have the capacity right now to protect american citizens and so they are -- what the state department and embassy are doing, they are allowing nonemergency personnel, noncore personnel to leave the country and their families and help evacuate americans to safe havens in europe. it's voluntary, but the state department saying the situation isare urging americans to leave. >> so much at stake for the u.s. and many other countries. what will be the next step for the united states here? >> reporter: i think they are walking a very tightrope right now, wanting to show support for the aspirations and democracy of the protesters, but you also have to consider that egypt is a very important ally. mubarak is a very important
ally. so they don't really want to do anything right now to suggest he leave. i think they'll give him a few days to see if he really is going to implement the changes that he promised to do. they are looking for a national dialog. looking for serious programs on job creation. i think they will give him a few days to see what happens, and if not, i think the u.s. is going to raise its rhetoric. you will hear talk about transformation, elections, succession. those types of issues. secretary clinton will be on all of the sunday talk shows here in the united states. not expecting real dramatic language on the u.s. position that president obama laid out the other day. buttery the next couple of days, you could see a ramping up of u.s. pressure on the egyptian government to make changes. >> is the best way to do that threatening to pull u.s. aid to egypt? >> reporter: certainly the u.s. has a lot of leverage in terms of aid. most of that aid is military, really for u.s. security issues
in the region, and i think the economic assistance to the government is really minimal. but i do think that just the u.s. saying such things that you should talk about free and fairy elections, you should talk about a transformation, we heard the europeans yesterday, the leaders of france, germany, and britain, start talking about elections and transformation. when the united states says something like that, that's emboldening the protesters and the movement. when you hear something like that from the united states, mubarak knows that his support from the united states is up and it's time to go. they'll give him a few more days, but i think patience is really wearing out and you see everything going on on the streets right now, the u.s. under a lot of pressure to show support for the things it says it stands for, democracy, human rights, american values, that the egyptians are looking for americans to show they mean it, randi. >> thank you. a quick note to add to all of that.
if you are in egypt, a loved one in egypt, go to travel.state.gov. a phone number, 888-407-4747 for information about how you or your loved one can get out of egypt. the u.s. government, one of many governments, trying to make hard to make that happen. israel watching closely. live in jerusalem up next. one example of what has the protesters in an uproar. an egyptian city named garbage city. you'll find out why. [ female announcer ] when you look 10 years younger, you're proud to admit your age. i'm 43. [ female announcer ] only roc® retinol correxion deep wrinkle night cream is clinically proven to give 10 years back to the look of skin, diminishing the look of even deep wrinkles. roc® was over 4 times more effective on wrinkles ,
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continuing coverage of the turmoil in egypt as day six of the crisis unfolds. >> the anti-government protests there not only threaten the regime of hosni mubarak, but they could also jeopardize a long-standing peace. >> israeli officials are treading lightly and saying little about the civil insurrection in egypt and how it may impact israel's peace treaty with egypt brokened back in 1979. kevin flower live in jerusalem. good morning to you. i'm wondering about the israeli military this morning. is it already on high alert along the border? >> reporter: well, randi, the israeli military is not saying anything to that effect. but needless to say, they would be on high alert. be monitoring events closely in
the sinai sinpeninsula. we did hear from benjamin netanyahu, speaking to the full cabinet. and he made the first public comments in the last number of days about the unrest, the protests going on in egypt. this is what he had to say. we are anxiously monitoring what is happening in egypt and elsewhere in the region. he went on to say our efforts are designed to continue and maintain stability and security in our region. i remind you that peace between egypt and israel has endured for over three decades. he says at this time, he must show maximum responsibility and restraint. this is a very cautious and calculated statement from the israeli government. there are huge concerns here about what is going on in egypt. and what government may come in the future. if hosni mubarak is indeed forced from power. one former israeli diplomat sort
of summed up concerns from the israeli side. he told us that democracy can only be created if you have the right institutions and the right society to absorb this way of rule and the view from israel is that egypt is not ready for that. be that true or not, that is an israeli view here. they want to see a stable government in egypt, regardless of whether it's a democracy, an autocracy, in terms of security, the egyptian government that's been in place for 30 years has been a good one. peace has been maintained. that's what they are looking forward to in the future and extreme concerns, randi. >> it seems these protests are without a leader. any names tossed around as far as who israel would like to step in if mubarak would step down? >> reporter: well, you know, people you speak to really aren't even getting into that level of detail.
now, of course, the -- the regime in egypt announced the appointment of omar suleiman. he is someone certainly israelis are familiar with, someone they communicated with for years on security matters. but people here know that the events are moving so quickly in egypt that omar suleiman may or may not be a force going forward. they just don't know. there is a lot of uncertainty here about what's coming next. really what we're seeing is caution, caution, caution. >> kevin, john mann in atlanta. i have a question about suleiman and mubarak. the israelis know these guys better than anyone in the world. the big question, how long and howard is hosni mubarak going to hang on? what's the sense there? do they see mubarak as a man that will continue in power even if the costto